Next Exhibit:

October 23 – November 13

Connestee Art League

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Paintings by Ray Byram & Wood Art by Mark Gardner

September 25 – October 16

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Brevard’s 4th Friday Gallery Walk Friday, October 23

5 pm – 8 pm


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The Gallery Walks are scheduled for the 4th Friday of every month April through December. (December gallery walk is held on the 3rd Friday due to the Holidays – December 18).

For a guide to the gallery walks stop by any participating location or go to www.artsofbrevard.org and click on ART TOURS.

For more information call the TC Arts Council at 828.884.2787.  





Family Clay presented by Mountain Roots, Inc at TC Arts Council

September 12, October 17, November 14, December 5

from 9am – 11 am

Mountain Roots, Inc will lead this pottery program for families called Family Clay. It takes place at the TC Arts Council located at 349 S. Caldwell Street in Brevard, NC. Cost is $40 per participant and all children must be accompanied by an adult. There needs to be a minimum of 4 participants for this class to be held. To register call TC Arts Council at 828-884-2787. For questions about the program email Mountain Roots, Inc. ali@mountainroots.org.

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Try Pottery for Adults 15+ 

Presented by Mountain Roots, Inc at TC Arts Council

August 29 (Hand Building)

September 12 (Hand Building)

October 17 (Wheel Throwing)

November 14 (Hand Building)

6 pm – 8 pm

Mountain Roots, Inc will lead this pottery program for adults (15+) on Saturday, evenings on the following dates: It takes place at the TC Arts Council located at 349 S. Caldwell Street in Brevard, NC. Cost is $40 per participant. There needs to be a minimum of 4 participants for this class to be held. To register call TC Arts Council at 828-884-2787. For questions about the program email Mountain Roots, Inc. ali@mountainroots.org.



Exploring Pastels with Deborah Kidwell at TC Arts

Oct. 6, 13, 20, 27

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This 4 session class will be led by pastel artist Deborah Kidwell at the TC Arts Council on the following Tuesday’s: Oct. 6, 13, 20, 27.

Classes will run from 2 pm – 3:30 pm. The cost for the 4 classes is $50 plus materials. No art experience required. To register call the TC Arts Council at 828.884.2787. TC Arts is located at 349 S. Caldwell Street near downtown Brevard. www.tcarts.org



And the WINNERS of the Transylvania Community Arts Council​’s

Duck Race for Kreative Kids . . .

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1st Place – Ruth Anne Weisenauer

2nd Place – Prentiss Brewer​

3rd Place – Carol Brown

4th Place – Nathan Damm

5th Place – Frank Folmer

6th Place – Joe Narsavage

7th Place – Pete Ward​

8th Place – Meghan Reece

9th Place – Kinley Rzepka

10th Place – Nancy Knights

Last Place Lucky Duck – James Fabian


Thank you to our sponsors: The Transylvania Times, Comporium, Audrey Love Charitable Foundation, The River House, Head to Tail Natural Grooming, St. Marie Financial, Sunset Motel, DD Bullwinkel’s, Rocky’s Grill & Soda Shop, Blue Ridge Bakery, Locals, Number 7 Arts and Think It Studio.




10th Anniversary of Brevard’s 4th Friday Gallery Walks

October 23, November 27, December 18* (*due to the Holidays)

5 pm – 8 pm in Downtown Brevard

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Oskar Blues Trolley Runs 6 – 8 pm with stops at:

Visitor Center, Hunters & Gatherers, The Haen Gallery & 185 King Street, and the TC Arts Council

Galleries & Art Spots Participating:

TC Arts Council, Number 7 Fine Arts & Crafts Gallery, Red Wolf Gallery, Drew Deane Gallery, Trade-Arama Folk Art & Antiques, The Haen Gallery, Hollingsworth Gallery, The Gallery at 44,  Hunters & Gatherers,  Local Color, Gravy, Brevard Collective, and the Brevard Lumberyard Arts District Studios.


Retail – Business Supporters Participating: 

D. D. Bullwinkel’s, Main Street Ltd., Theophilus, White Squirrel Shoppe, Broad Street Wines, Chamber of Commerce/Visitor Center, Underground Salvage and Wine Down.


Music Venues Participating:

185 King Street & The Phoenix


Restaurants Participating:

The Falls Landing, The Square Root, Marco Trattoria, Jaime’s Creole Brasserie, The Phoenix, Rocky’s Grill and Soda Shop, and Quotations.






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Arts Industry Returns $671,000 in Revenue to Local and State Coffers

Brevard, NC – Transylvania County was one of 182 study groups representing all 50 states and Washington DC that participated in the Arts & Economic Prosperity IV study to determine the economic impact of the arts in our county. The most comprehensive economic impact study of the nonprofit arts and culture industry ever conducted in the United States, Arts & Economic Prosperity IV was conducted by Americans for the Arts, the nation’s leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts and arts education. The Transylvania Community Arts Council spearheaded this study in our county.

Nationally, the Arts & Economic Prosperity IV study reveals that the nonprofit arts and culture industry produced $135.2 billion in economic activity during FY2010. This spending–$61.1 billion by nonprofit arts and culture organizations plus an additional $74.1 billion by their audiences—supported 4.1 million full-time equivalent jobs and generated $22.3 billion in federal, state and local tax revenues.

“This study shines a much needed light on the vital role that arts play in stimulating and sustaining economic development,” says Robert L. Lynch, president and CEO of Americans for the Arts. “Contrary to popular belief, the arts are a bustling industry that supports a plethora of diverse jobs, generates significant revenues for local businesses, federal, state and local governments and provides quality of life that positions communities to compete in our 21st century creative economy.”

The State of North Carolina was one of 10 state regions in this study. It ranked 3rd behind the States of Illinois and Pennsylvania producing $1.2 billion in nonprofit arts and culture expenditures, supported 43,605 full-time equivalent jobs and generated $119 million in local and state revenues.

In Transylvania County, 14 of the participating Arts and Culture nonprofits generated $8,600,000 in annual economic activity—supporting 240 full-time equivalent jobs and generating $671,000 in local and state government revenues, according to the Arts & Economic Prosperity IV national economic impact study.

According to the study, these participating Transylvania County nonprofit arts and culture organizations spent $4,366,000 during fiscal year 2010. This spending is far-reaching: organizations pay employees, purchase supplies, contract for services and acquire assets within their community. Those dollars, in turn, generated $4,909,000 in household income for local residents and $671,000 in local and state government revenues. And all of this was in an economic down year. The economic comparisons between 2005, the last time this study was done, and 2010 showed unemployment up, consumer confidence down foreclosures up, local attendees down, recreation, entertainment, shopping, tourism, food & beverage all down in 2010.

Tammy Hopkins, executive director of the TC Arts Council said, “$8,600,000 in annual economic activity, that’s a big number. However this number is the economic impact of just 14 of our local nonprofit arts and culture organizations. This study only included the nonprofit arts and culture organizations in the county. It did not include any of the for-profit organizations such as the art galleries, art businesses, artists and musicians in the community. Imagine how big the ARTS economic impact number would be if they were all included.”

Paula Wesley, who spearheaded this study for the Transylvania Community Arts Council, said, “It took a lot of cooperation from the arts and culture organizations, donors and volunteers to do this study. During this study, we discovered that Transylvania County has 80 nonprofit arts and culture organizations, 24 art galleries and 59 arts and cultural related businesses putting on 262 art events a year. Not bad for a town with under 50,000 population! And even with only 14 of our 80 nonprofit arts and culture organizations participating in this study, we ranked 8th in the country among our study group of 19 with populations under 50,000.”

And nonprofits depend heavily on their volunteers. The study showed that in Transylvania County the 14 participating arts and culture organizations reported 1680 volunteers contributed 34,820 donated hours representing a value of $743,733.

Arts Industry Boon for Local Businesses

In addition to spending by organizations, the Transylvania County nonprofit arts and culture industry leverages $4,194,000 in event-related spending by its audiences. As a result of attending a cultural event, attendees often eat dinner in local restaurants, pay for parking, buy gifts and souvenirs, and pay a babysitter. What’s more, attendees from out of town often stay overnight in a local hotel. In Transylvania County, these dollars support 240 full-time equivalent jobs and generate $671,000 in local and state government revenues.

The study also showed that residents spent an average of $15 per event where as no-residents spent an average of $47 at the same event. 59.4% of our attendees said this event was their primary purpose for the trip to Transylvania County. In addition, 51.3% of Transylvania County residents reported that they would have traveled to a different community in order to attend a similar cultural event and 65.9% of non-residents reported the same. According to the report, this shows that “if a community does not provide a variety of artistic and cultural experiences, it will fail to attract the new dollars of cultural tourists. It will also lose the discretionary spending of its local residents who will travel elsewhere to experience the arts.”

Linda A. Carlisle, the state’s cultural resources secretary, said in a news release that the study shows “that an investment in the arts is an investment in a growth industry that supports jobs, generates government revenue and is one of the cornerstones of tourism.” Wayne Martin, executive director of the NC Arts Council, said the study highlights the fact that arts organizations are businesses. “They employ people locally, purchase goods and services from within the community, are members of the Chamber of Commerce…and are key participants in marketing their cities and regions.”

TC Arts Council cannot thank enough the following individuals who made this study possible by their financial support and encouragement: Nick Bayne, RCG Realty; Bruce & Sandy Kirkman; Joe Bruneau, Number 7 Fine Arts & Crafts Cooperative; Joan VanOrman & Sue Hershey, Bluewood Photography; Mike Kanan, Exit Realty; Madrid Zimmerman, Heart of Brevard; John Gardner & Betsy Barefoot; Mark Burrows, Economic Development; Tourism Development Authority; Tammy Hopkins, TC Arts Council; and last, but not least John Felty, Looking Glass Entertainment.

Special recognition and appreciation is paid to John Felty for his participation in this study because at every event he organized at the Porter Center he encouraged the audience to take the survey and support the arts. His efforts allowed the TC Arts Council to reach the survey goal for the year.

Wesley also recognized her lead surveyor, Beth Sumner, Manager at Elements Spa for giving up week nights and weekends to help her survey the cultural audiences. Several other volunteers assisted with the surveys throughout the year as well. They are Julia Batliner, Dee Whinnery, Cindy Roach, Paul Thomas, Don Bieger and Dan Donofrio.

Wesley said, “Americans for the Arts is the nation’s leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts in America. They have conducted hundreds of similar economic impact studies in all 50 states. Their methodology is so sound that their economic impact data is used consistently by the Congressional Arts Caucus on the floor of the US House of Representatives to support federal arts funding.”

The Arts & Economic Prosperity IV study was conducted by Americans for the arts and supported by The Ruth Lilly Fund of Americans for the Arts. Americans for the Arts’ local, regional, and statewide project partners contributed both time and financial support to the study. The full text of the national statistical report is available at www.Americansforthearts.org/economicimpact . Research Partners who endorse this study are: the United States Conference of Mayors, Business Civic Leadership Center, National Association of Counties, Grantmakers in the Arts, Destination Marketing Association International, CECP (an international forum of business CEO’s), National League of Cities and The Conference Board.

For more information call Paula Wesley or Tammy Hopkins at the TC Arts Council 828-884-2787 or go to www.tcarts.org. To pick up a study packet stop by the TC Arts Council located at 349 S. Caldwell Street in Brevard. To learn more about the ARTS of Brevard and Transylvania County go to www.artsofbrevard.org.

Click here to download the Arts & Economic Prosperity Report

Click here to download the Summary of Economic Impact Findings

Why Arts Programming is Essential for Young Students

·         Art helps students make new connections and think “outside the box.”

·         Expression in the arts helps students develop cognitive and physical skills.

·         Each art form brings special ways of perceiving the world, utilizing critical thinking and problem solving skills.

·         The arts help transform the school environment to one of discovery and learning.

·         Art criticism helps students develop observation and analytical skills that can be transferred to other areas of study.

·         The arts are essential to an understanding of personal, local, national and global cultures, past and present.

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In Western NC, Creativity Means Business
Nonprofit arts and cultural organizations, artists, creative workers, entrepreneurs and businesses producing innovative products make up the Creative Economy. The Creative Industry supports jobs, generates government revenue, and is a cornerstone of tourism. With a nationally competitive market for creative employment, new talent and skilled workers continue to be drawn to western N.C. The nonprofit arts and culture sector alone is a $140 million industry in western N. C.

In Western NC, Creativity Means Jobs
More than 14,000 people in western N.C. have jobs in creative occupations, and the number is increasing every year. Creative sector jobs in western N.C. increased 6 percent from 2010 to 2011. Cultural programs draw new talent and keep skilled workers. Counties with higher proportions of workers in arts-related occupations are more likely to retain current residents and attract new ones. And the presence of creative workers is strongly associated with rising household incomes.

In Western NC, Creativity Means Growing Economies
The rich cultural traditions in craft and music are sustainable place-based economic development opportunities that cannot be outsourced. These traditions attract thousands of visitors, investors and potential residents to the region who spend money each day for authentic experiences. Audience members from outside the region at nonprofit arts and culture programs spend an average of nearly $60 per person in the community beyond the cost of the event. All nonprofit cultural audiences spend $60.7 million a year. Nonprofit arts organizations contribute $79 million to the western N.C. economy each year. Together, nonprofit arts groups and their audiences return more than $6 million in annual revenue to local governments.

For more information on how the Creative Economy fuels North Carolina’s economy, visit the North Carolina Arts Council’s Creative Economy Portal at www.ncarts.org/creative_economy
2011 data compiled by The North Carolina Arts Council, part of the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources


Transylvania Community Arts Council
349 South Caldwell Street
Brevard, North Carolina 28712
828-884-ARTS (2787) 

Gallery Hours – Monday – Friday 9:30 am – 4:30 pm

Directions to Transylvania Community Arts Center/Council.